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Basic FAQs

How is Gitopia different from other code collaboration platforms?
Gitopia, unlike centralized code collaboration platforms like GitHub, is decentralized, which means that a single central authority does not control it. Also, features like permanent storage for repositories, no single point of failure, community involvement in governance and policymaking, etc., makes Gitopia the best place for developers to collaborate away from the influence of governments and corporates.
Can I backup a GitHub project on Gitopia?
Yes, you can easily backup your GitHub projects on Gitopia. Change happens slowly, and to reduce friction, Gitopia’s GitHub Mirror Action enables you to mirror your existing GitHub repositories to Gitopia automatically.
Where is my git repository stored?
In the Gitopia code collaboration platform, your git repositories are stored in an immutable decentralized network. This means that repositories stored in Gitopia are censorship-resistant.
What is a git remote helper?
A remote helper is an application that helps Git implement custom communication logic with remote repositories (or simply remotes). You need to install git-remote-gitopia helper so that your git command line can understand gitopia:// transport.
Can you restrict repository visibility on Gitopia?
No, you cannot restrict access to a repository hosted on Gitopia. All the repositories hosted on Gitopia will be public and accessible to everyone on the internet.
Can I delete a repository?
Yes, the owner can delete the repository, but this process just removes the repository from being found by using the explorer. The repository will continue to exist in the immutable decentralized storage. Deleting repositories entirely from Gitopia is problematic as to do this, it will be necessary to pass a proposal through the Gitopia community.
How do I get started?
Head over to the Getting Started section for instructions on how to use the Gitopia Web Wallet and start collaborating on Gitopia.
Can we participate in the mainnet now? If yes is there any guide on what to do?
Yes. The Gitopia mainnet is currently live for everyone. You can check it out and give us feedback. Head over to the Getting Started section for instructions on how to use the Gitopia Web Wallet and start collaborating on Gitopia. You can also check out this Video Tutorial.
Do you have a timeline on the Mainnet launch?
The Gitopia mainnet is live. You can try it out here.
I need some help, where do I reach out?
For help or any other query, reach out to us in our Discord Channel.


How do I fix the fatal: Not a git repository error?
To fix this error, make sure that you are in the correct directory (i.e., the directory that contains your Git repository) and that the directory is a valid Git repository. You can check if the current directory is a Git repository by running the git status command. If you are in the correct directory but still see this error message, it may be because the Git repository has not been initialized. In this case, you can initialize the repository by running the git init command.
How do I fix the fatal: 'origin' does not appear to be a git repository error?
This error message indicates that the remote repository specified (in this case, "origin") does not exist or is not a valid Git repository. To fix this error, make sure that you have entered the correct repository URL and that the repository exists on Gitopia. If you are unsure of the correct URL, you can find it by logging into Gitopia and navigating to the repository page.
How do I fix the fatal: remote origin already exists error?
To fix this error, you would either need to remove the already existing remote or you can create a new remote with a different name for your repository.

You can remove the existing remote by running the git remote rm origin command.

To create a new remote named test, run the git remote add test gitopia://user-name/repo-name command. You can now push to the new remote with the command git push test master.
How do I fix the fatal: Gitopia wallet is not configured! Set gitopia key or use Ledger error?
The error shows your Gitopia wallet is not configured. To fix this error, please verify that you have followed the steps in the Documentation. If you are still facing any issues, please reach out to us in our Discord Channel with more information, OS, architecture or any other environment details which would help us debug your issue.